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The Shadows of Mordor is an officially licensed J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" text adventure game based on the second part of the trilogy - "The Two Towers".

You can select to play as either Frodo or Sam. The game follows the plot of the book closely and many locations have accompanying illustrations. Unusually for a text adventure game, the action happens in real time: if you sit there thinking of what to do next, things will happen in the game, e.g. creatures will move from location to location.


The Shadows of Mordor DOS The interface - You type in the bottom section and view events above
The Shadows of Mordor DOS Your starting location (if you choose to enable pictures)
The Shadows of Mordor DOS A different colored location - with a 4-color limit, it's actually not bad
The Shadows of Mordor DOS The title screen - The main heroes Frodo and Sam

Promo Images

The Shadows of Mordor Other Photo of the calendar page.
The Shadows of Mordor Other Photocopy of the calendar page.
The Shadows of Mordor Other Image taken from the author's website.

Alternate Titles

  • "Shadows of Mordor: Game Two Of Lord Of The Rings" -- UK tag-lined title
  • "Shadows of Mordor" -- UK title

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Cover art

The cover art to the C64 version of this game is by Tolkien illustrator Ted Nasmith; entitled Shelob, it was first used in Unwin Paperbacks' 1987 calendar for the month of November.


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    • May 1988 (Issue #79) - Golden Joystick 1988 Award: Third in category Adventure Game of the Year

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BitRot (298) added The Shadows of Mordor (DOS) on Jun 04, 2003
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